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Defence & Aerospace

Ballistic firearms ‘fingerprinting’ futile, wasteful – SA Hunters

By: Dylan Slater     8th December 2017 Recent proposals by the South African Police Service (Saps) to establish a national “ballistic fingerprint” database of legally owned firearms in South Africa and for this database to be used as a forensic tool in criminal investigations is a largely futile and wasteful exercise in Saps’... 

European technology groups cooperating on electric propulsion for airliners

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2017 European aerospace giant Airbus, British high performance power systems company Roll-Royce and German engineering and technology business Siemens have partnered to develop a hybrid-electric propulsion system for commercial aircraft which will be test flown in the near term, the three enterprises... 

Global air cargo rising, aviation working to revamp operations

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th December 2017 In a year characterised by positive growth, global air cargo is setting the stage for dramatic modernisation and transformation, the International Air Transportation Association (Iata) said on Wednesday. Air cargo accounted for about $6-trillion in the value of goods, representing 35% of global... 

Airport development not keeping pace with passenger growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th December 2017 Globally, airport capacity and airline demand for access to airports have not kept pace with one another, setting global aviation on a path to chaos should mitigation measures not be taken with urgency, according to the International Air Transport Association (Iata). Passenger load factors are... 

Airport development not keeping pace with passenger growth

SANDF orders field kitchens from Saab

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has awarded a contract for mobile containerised kitchen systems to aerospace, defence and security group Saab. The contract will be executed by Saab at its facility in Centurion, just south of Pretoria. The value of the contract has not been... 

Nasa outlines the developments to watch in civil aeronautics

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 The global aviation industry continues to be a rapidly growing sector, far from reaching maturity. This was stressed at the recent International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) open session at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International Convention Centre (ICC) in... 

Nasa outlines the developments to watch in civil aeronautics

South African regional airline places order for two new airliners

By: Keith Campbell     30th November 2017 Privately-owned South African scheduled and non-scheduled domestic and international operations airline CemAir has concluded a $66-million deal with Canadian company Bombardier Aerospace for two new twin turboprop Q400 regional airliners. This follows on from a Letter of Intent signed between the... 

South African regional airline places order for two new airliners
Photo by Bombardier
A Bombardier Q400 in CemAir colours

Big development push for electric propulsion for airliners by European groups

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2017 European aerospace giant Airbus, British high performance power systems company Roll-Royce and German engineering and technology business Siemens have partnered to develop a hybrid-electric propulsion system for commercial aircraft. This is intended to be test flown in the near term, the three... 

Big development push for electric propulsion for airliners by European groups
Photo by Airbus
An artist’s impression of the flight demonstrator aircraft; the electric motor is the inner engine

R22.5m for VVIP flights: Defence dept overspends budget

By: News24Wire      29th November 2017 The Department of Defence has overspent on VVIP flights by R22.5-million since 2015, a parliamentary reply has revealed. DA defence and military veterans spokesperson Kobus Marais submitted questions to Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula asking how much she had... 

New field kitchens ordered from Saab by SANDF

By: Keith Campbell     22nd November 2017 The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has awarded a contract for mobile containerised kitchen systems to aerospace, defence and security group Saab. The contract will be executed by Saab at its facility in Centurion, just south of Pretoria. The value of the contract has not been... 

New field kitchens ordered from Saab by SANDF
Photo by Dylan Slater/Creamer Media
SANDF soldiers

High-tech SA firm aiming to revolutionise production of electronic components

By: Keith Campbell     17th November 2017 A small South African high-technology company is seeking to revolutionise the production of a key category of components for aerospace electronics and radars by using additive manufacturing (more popularly known as 3D Printing). The company is NewSpace Systems (a finalist in this year’s Western... 

Large national manufacturers not main determinant of aerospace success

By: Keith Campbell     10th November 2017 Germany serves as a leading example of a country that has a major and successful aeronautical industry but does not have a single wholly- or predominantly-German owned aerospace original equipment manufacturer (OEM). This was highlighted by Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR – German... 

Minister Lynne Brown urges SA cooperation in defence industry with Pakistan

By: African News Agency      3rd November 2017 Public enterprises minister Lynne Brown has on Thursday, urged the South African government to come up with a concrete plan to explore areas of cooperation in the defense industry with Pakistan. South African Defence Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on... 

Airbus’s A330neo type makes first flight, while Air Mauritius accepts its first A350XWB

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2017 The first development aircraft in Europe-based major aerospace group Airbus’ new A330neo (new engine option) family made its maiden flight on October 19, from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France. The aircraft took off at 09:57 local time and landed at 14:10, having flown for four hours and 13... 

Heavy increase in irregular expenditure in South Africa, now pegged above R45bn, says AG 

By: African News Agency      1st November 2017 Irregular expenditure by government departments and State-owned entities has ballooned by over 50% in 2016/2017 when compared to the previous financial year, topping R45-billion, Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu revealed on Tuesday. “Irregular expenditure has increased by 55% since the previous year... 

Heavy increase in irregular expenditure in South Africa, now pegged above R45bn, says AG
Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu

US agency Nasa planning to soon build low sonic boom demonstrator aircraft

By: Keith Campbell     30th October 2017 The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) had completed the design of, and hopes to soon build, a technology demonstrator aircraft to establish that it is possible at attenuate sonic booms to such a degree that it will permit overland supersonic commercial flight. Construction... 

US agency Nasa planning to soon build low sonic boom demonstrator aircraft
Photo by Nasa
An artist’s impression of Nasa’s planned low sonic boom technology demonstration aircraft

Global aviation industry faces Renaissance, creating openings for South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     27th October 2017 The global aviation industry continues to be a rapidly growing sector, far from reaching maturity. This was stressed at the recent International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) open session at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria by US National Aeronautics and... 

Global aviation industry faces Renaissance, creating openings for South Africa
Photo by Nasa
Nasa Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate Dr Jaiwon Shin

New border agency should have own budget – Defence Minister

By: Keith Campbell     27th October 2017 South Africa's soon-to-be-created Border Management Authority (BMA) will "hopefully" be funded by a new budget line, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told "Engineering News" on the fringes of the recent Homeland Security Conference 2017, in Pretoria. "It shouldn't... 

South African aerospace and defence company extends aircraft training with new fighter jets

By: Dylan Slater     27th October 2017 Aerospace and defence company Paramount Group has acquired four dual-seat Mirage F1 fighter aircraft to enhance its existing pilot training capability.  

South African aerospace and defence company extends aircraft training with new fighter jets
MIRAGE F1 Paramount Group bought four Mirage F1 fighter jets from the French Government to assist in pilot training

Brown appoints executives at Denel, Safcol and Alexkor

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th October 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has appointed Zwelakhe Ntshepe group CEO of Denel. He joined Denel 21 years ago and most recently served as acting group CEO. 

Brown appoints executives at Denel, Safcol and Alexkor
Photo by Duane Daws
Zwelakhe Ntshepe

SA signs military deal with Niger

By: News24Wire      25th October 2017 South Africa has signed a military memorandum of understanding with Niger. Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula signed the agreement with her counterpart from Niger, Kalla Moutari, on Wednesday in her office in Parliament, where she met the Nigerian delegation. 

SA signs military deal with Niger
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Latest Airbus airliner type makes first flight

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The first development aircraft in Europe-based major aerospace group Airbus’ new A330neo (new engine option) family made its maiden flight on Thursday, from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France. The aircraft took off at 09:57 local time and landed at 14:10, having flown for four hours and 13... 

Latest Airbus airliner type makes first flight
Photo by Airbus
The first A330neo, an A330-900, takes off for the first time

Thermoplastic press supplied for aerospace industry

     20th October 2017 Hydraulic components and turnkey hydraulic systems supplier Hytec Cape Town designed and constructed a 400 t thermoplastic press containing hydraulic components, for composite materials supplier AAT Composites, Hytec announced last month. A Recaro Group subsidiary based in Somerset West, AAT... 

Thermoplastic press supplied for aerospace industry
HOT OFF THE PRESS The Hytec-supplied 400 t thermoplastic press is used in deep-moulding composite materials for components in the aerospace industry

Key witnesses in State capture inquiry will need to face the music, warns parliamentary committee chair

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2017 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises has started its keenly awaited inquiry into allegations of State capture, with a warning that key witnesses will not be allowed to shy away from appearing before Parliament. “We have a right to subpoena a witness if we think that witness has... 

Key witnesses in State capture inquiry will need to face the music, warns parliamentary committee chair

Defence and security industries need to work together – Armscor CEO

By: Keith Campbell     17th October 2017 In his address to South Africa's first Homeland Security Conference, in Pretoria, on Tuesday, Armscor CEO Kevin Wakeford highlighted that it marked the first time that the defence and security industries were "sitting together". He asserted that the two sectors needed to work together. "We've got... 

New border agency should have own budget, needs local technology – Mapisa-Nqakula

By: Keith Campbell     17th October 2017 South Africa's soon-to-be-created Border Management Authority (BMA) will "hopefully" be funded by a new budget line, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told Engineering News Online on the fringes of the the Homeland Security Conference 2017, in Pretoria on Tuesday. "It... 

South Africa’s space sector hobbled by lack of support

By: Keith Campbell     13th October 2017 South Africa's space sector has been hobbled by lack of adequate support from the South African Government. This was made clear during a panel discussion on space technology at the recent Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference 2017 in Pretoria. "Most space programmes, worldwide, have been... 

Not a cent available to implement the Defence Review, Wakeford warns

By: Keith Campbell     13th October 2017 The South African defence sector needs to bring home to the country the importance of defence for the technological, innovation and economic development of the country. So affirmed Armscor CEO Kevin Wakeford in his address to the recent fourth annual Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference in... 

Local defence industry needs both local and export orders

By: Keith Campbell     13th October 2017 Local orders are key to winning export contracts in the defence sector, Denel Land Systems (DLS) CEO Stephan Burger affirmed at the recent Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference in Pretoria. He cited the case of the order his company received for turrets for the Malaysian Army's new armoured... 

Embraer to open Johannesburg aviation training centre

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2017 Aviation systems engineering and manufacturing firm Embraer will open an aviation training centre at the OR Tambo International airport, in Johannesburg, in the first half of next year. The facility will be the first of its kind in Africa to provide this range of training for qualified pilots,... 

Exhibition marks firm’s international re-entry

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2017 Protective workwear manufacturer Sweet-Orr is set to exhibit at this year’s A+A Trade Show exhibition – which is an important trade forum for safety, security and health at work – from October 17 to 20 in Dusseldorf, Germany. 

Exhibition marks firm’s  international re-entry
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT Sweet Orr benchmarks its continuous improvement process in order to maintain national and international quality standards

Industry-specific challenges a pall over AMD Conference 

     5th October 2017 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to journalist Keith Campbell about the overall outcome of the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference. 

Industry-specific challenges a pall over AMD Conference
Industry-specific challenges a pall over AMD Conference

Parliament looks into legality of bailout to SAA

By: African News Agency      4th October 2017 Parliament’s standing committee on finance on Tuesday asked for advice on the legality of National Treasury’s R3 billion bailout to South African Airways (SAA) after the opposition submitted a letter claiming it was in breach of public finance rules. Alf Lees, the deputy finance spokesman for the... 

Parliament looks into legality of bailout to SAA

Strike looms at South African Airways

By: African News Agency      4th October 2017 South African Airways (SAA) warned on Tuesday, that its operations may be disrupted after one of the labour unions served the embattled airline with a notice of intention to embark on industrial action at its aircraft maintenance unit. This comes after the airline’s maintenance subsidiary, SAA... 

Strike looms at South African Airways

South African space sector needs more support but has to market itself better

By: Keith Campbell     29th September 2017 South Africa's space sector has been hobbled by lack of adequate support from the South African government. This was made clear during a panel discussion on space technology at the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference 2017 in Pretoria on Friday. "Most space programmes, worldwide, have been... 

South African industry must adapt 4th Industrial Revolution to local needs

By: Keith Campbell     29th September 2017 South African industry needs to find ways of adapting and using the technologies driving the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0) to remain globally competitive, yet maintain and create jobs in a high-unemployment environment. So argued productONE MD Charles Anderson at the... 

Fastjet to raise cash to fund South Africa, Mozambique growth

By: Reuters     29th September 2017 African budget airline Fastjet Plc said on Friday it would raise not less than $44 million, in part through a placing, to fund expansion in South Africa and Mozambique. Fastjet plans an accelerated bookbuild to raise gross cash proceeds of $28 million and would sell 60 million shares to Solenta... 

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